$100,000 in welding equipment stolen from SSHS Ag Dept.
Crime Stoppers offering $1,000 each for tips on two welding burglaries
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov. 17, 2006 - The agriculture department at Sulphur Springs High School became the second Sulphur Springs workplace to be broken into and have thousands of dollars worth of welding equipment stolen this week. 

Police were still investigating the school burglary midmorning Friday, searching for clues and going through the lengthy process of documenting every item taken from the shop.

Authorities said that sometime between 6:15 p.m. Thursday and 8:15 a.m. today, someone broken into the agriculture building at SSHS and took all of their equipment, including plasma cutters, tin, welders, and thousands of dollars worth of other tools, equipment and welding accessories. Overall, an estimated $100,000 worth welding equipment and items were stolen.

Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information which leads to the arrest and/or conviction in this case. 

Crime Stoppers is also offering another award of up to $1,000 for information which helps crack the Tuesday burglary and theft of more than $20,000 worth welders and welding equipment from ETOX, a gas and welding supply company on Industrial Drive, which was broken into shortly after midnight Tuesday. 

Police were first alerted something was amiss by an alarm at the business around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

When police arrived they found no suspects, but did determine the business had been the victim of a burglary. Among the more than $20,000 in equipment stolen from the store were several welders, a plasma cutter, and numerous other welding accessories, according to Detective Sgt. Monty Tipps with Sulphur Springs Police Department.

A bulletin was put out to all local law enforcement agencies in the area to be on the look out for anyone observed moving welding equipment.

Anyone with information about either the SSHS agriculture shop or ETOX burglaries, or any other crime, is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 903-885-2020.

Callers do not have to give their name, just their information. Rewards from Crime Stoppers are paid in such a way that the caller's identity remains confidential, according to local Crime Stoppers Coordinator Scotty Sewell.

By FAITH HUFFMAN

News-Telegram News Editor

The agriculture department at Sulphur Springs High School became the second Sulphur Springs workplace to be broken into and have thousands of dollars worth of welding equipment stolen this week. 

Police were still investigating the school burglary midmorning Friday, searching for clues and going through the lengthy process of documenting every item taken from the shop.

Authorities said that sometime between 6:15 p.m. Thursday and 8:15 a.m. today, someone broken into the agriculture building at SSHS and took all of their equipment, including plasma cutters, tin, welders, and thousands of dollars worth of other tools, equipment and welding accessories. Overall, an estimated $100,000 worth of welding equipment and items were stolen.

Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information which leads to the arrest and/or conviction in this case. 

Crime Stoppers is also offering another award of up to $1,000 for information which helps crack the Tuesday burglary and theft of more than $20,000 worth of welders and welding equipment from ETOX, a gas and welding supply company on Industrial Drive, which was broken into shortly after midnight Tuesday. 

Police were first alerted something was amiss by an alarm at the business around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

When police arrived they found no suspects, but did determine the business had been the victim of a burglary. Among the more than $20,000 in equipment stolen from the store were several welders, a plasma cutter, and numerous other welding accessories, according to Detective Sgt. Monty Tipps with Sulphur Springs Police Department.

A bulletin was put out to all local law enforcement agencies in the area to be on the look out for anyone observed moving welding equipment.

Anyone with information about either the SSHS agriculture shop or ETOX burglaries, or any other crime, is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 903-885-2020.

Callers do not have to give their name, just their information. Rewards from Crime Stoppers are paid in such a way that the caller's identity remains confidential, according to local Crime Stoppers Coordinator Scotty Sewell.

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